[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NAPriorities

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Tue Aug 12 06:10:14 PDT 2008

At this point AMSAT is going to take the first thing that gets us above LEO 
that we can afford. If that is HEO, so be it. If it is GEO, it's GEO. Being 
divided and fussy over the details only detracts from the effort. We are 
basically beggars in the launch market, and we all know the saying about 
beggars and choosers. The mission is to provide long access time satellite 
comms on a daily, then 24/7 basis. How that happens is yet to be 

Sorry to be so brief but I have a lot going on with my day job at the 
moment. There will be more information forthcoming.

73, Drew KO4MA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joe Westbrook" <k7zt at suddenlink.net>
To: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:44 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and 

> John:
> That certainly is one approach, I'm not saying that there is anything 
> wrong
> with that, it's just a change in the stated goals of Eagle.
> The leadership needs to get in front of this and announce this is a
> significant shift in  organizational strategy if indeed that is the plan.
> At they same time for the sake of honesty they should probably tell folks
> that this will end AMSAT-NA sponsorship of an HEO (Molmiya Orbit)
> anytime soon or even in their lifetime ;-/
> - Joe
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>
> To: "Joe Westbrook" <k7zt at suddenlink.net>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:05 AM
> Subject: Re: AMSAT UK P3E Lecture HEO vs GEO. and AMSAT-NA Priorities
>> >
>>> It appears that leadership is allowing realities of
>>> a rare, expensive launch opportunity drive the mission rather than the
>>> mission driving the launch method,  it's a bit like the tail wagging the
>>> dog
>>> don't you think?
>> AO-40 was the case of a rare launch opportunity driving the mission. The
>> AMSAT BoD has stated that the purpose of creating a relelationship with
>> Intelsat would be to provide multiple launch opportunities. It seems to 
>> me
>> that finding an affordable launch method should be the first step rather
>> than the last step.
>> 73,
>> John
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